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CES 2018: Real Advances, Real Progress, Real Questions

<i>Suggested reading: Read the intro then scan through looking for pictures that are in your area of interest. Each section is the summary followed by</i> …

Consumer Tech

How to get WhatsApp on an iPad

Everybody has WhatsApp these days. As of July 2017 it has a whopping 1.3 million active users.<p>It’s easy to download the app on your phone or use …

WhatsApp

The Best of CES 2018

Of the thousands of new products on display at CES, these lucky 21 are the standouts that will help define the next year in technology.<p>PCMag reviews …

Gear & Gadgets

At CES 2018, enthusiasm mounts on how 5G will transform industries

In a panel discussion at CES, a trio of executives from Qualcomm, Ericsson and Nokia discussed how 5G could transform industries ranging from …

Telecoms

Every health and wellness gadget we've seen at CES 2018

L'Oreal UV Sense<p>Kolibree Magik smart toothbrush<p>Freemie Liberty<p>Garmin Forerunner GPS smartwatch<p>Samsung Family Hub smart fridge<p>Kohler Numi Intelligent Toilet<p>Omron HeartGuide<p>HiMirror Mini<p>Nokia Sleep pad<p>Oska Pulse<p>Foreo UFO<p>1<p>of 11<p>2<p>of 11<p>3<p>of 11<p>4<p>of 11<p>5<p>of 11<p>6<p>of 11<p>7<p>of 11<p>8<p>of 11<p>10<p>of 11<p>11<p>of 11

Wearable Tech

These 10 LinkedIn Tips Will Make You a Networking Master

Remember that it isn't only about you.<p>One of the central rules of networking seems simple but bears repeating: don’t reach out only when you need something. It’s imperative that you cultivate relationships and engage with people, so when the time does come that you’re looking for that …

Networking

Garmin's Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gains a Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 device relies on …

Gear & Gadgets

Check out all the smart home products at CES 2018 (so far)

Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant<p>Heatworks Tetra dishwasher<p>LG Smart Instaview refrigerator<p>Sengled Element Color Plus<p>Whirlpool Smart Microwave<p>Whirlpool Smart Front Control Range<p>Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Care Washer and Dryer<p>Fibaro Wall Plug<p>Brinks Array Smart Deadbolt<p>Yummly app and …

Home Automation

Samsung MicroLED makes massive, 146-inch modular TV a reality

Composed of millions of individual LED packed together in separate modules, MicroLED TVs are shipping this year.<p>"Micro"LED is kind of a misleading name, because this new TV technology from Samsung can create truly gigantic screens.<p>MicroLED is based on Samsung's Cinema Screen technology, designed …

Samsung

China shows what the future of mobile payments could look like

• Chinese consumers conduct 11 times more mobile payments than Americans do.<br>• Tencent's WeChat wallet includes many features that could make mobile payments more appealing in other markets.<p>Chinese consumers conduct 11 times more mobile payments than their counterparts in the United States, so as we …

Banking

Apple Leaked Report Reveals Larger iPhones

As a famously (and now infamously) secretive company, Apple never likes anyone to know about it iPhone plans. But given the company’s torrid recent weeks and the immense pressure to do better, I suspect Apple will almost welcome the distraction it will get following this significant leak about its …

Enjoy

Tech predictions for 2018

It's a new year. Here's what we think could happen over the next 12 months.

Rights & Freedoms

Yanis Varoufakis: 'Bitcoin is the perfect bubble, but blockchain is a remarkable solution'

When I first met Yanis Varoufakis in the summer of 2014, he was a highly respected but relatively obscure economist. Back then, the price of one …

Bitcoin

LimeBike, the cycle-sharing startup, expands to Europe as it hits 1M rides in the US

LimeBike, one of the many startups hoping to steal a march in the crowded bike-sharing market, is today taking its first step to scale internationally. The Bay Area-based company — which lets people use an app to find and ride “dockless” bikes for $1 for 30 minutes (or $0.50 for students) and then …

Startups

Apple takes on PayPal with Apple Pay on the web

Online shopping is about to get even easier.<p>At WWDC today in San Francisco, Apple finally announced that Apple Pay is coming to the web this fall. Mac users will be able to pay online in Safari using a “Pay with Apple Pay” button, and authenticate their purchase using Touch ID on their phone or …

Banking

Elevate your photography with the 20 best camera apps for the iPhone

There’s an old adage amongst photographers that goes, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The point being that when the perfect scene …

Tutorials

Dubai Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World's First Blockchain-Powered Government

Dubbed as the “city of the future”, Dubai, which plans to have robot cops, flying taxis and autonomous vehicles on its roads in coming years and appointed a minister in-charge of Artificial Intelligence recently, is planning yet another transformation: to become the world’s first blockchain-powered …

Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? Here's everything you need to know

Blockchains, bubbles and the future of money.<p>You heard about this Bitcoin thing?<p>We're guessing: yes, you have. The first and most famous digital cryptocurrency has been racking up headlines this year due to a breathtaking rise in value -- cracking the $1,000 threshold for the first time on January …

Bitcoin

Mobile Banking App Revolut Adds Litecoin, Ether Trading

Mobile banking startup Revolut is adding litecoin and ether trading to its app-based service.<p>The move to add new cryptocurrency options follows the …

Revolut now lets you cheaply trade Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum

UK banking startup Revolut has entered the cryptocurrency space. The challenger bank just announced it will let customers buy, trade, and exchange three major cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ether — in a range of major fiat currencies.<p>Trades and purchases take place within the existing …

Why WeChat is the Swiss Army Knife of the Chinese Digital World

November 29, 2017  By : Elena Mesropyan<p>Chinese e-commerce colossus Tencent is an elephant in the room that is impossible not to talk about as the …

Chatbots

Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone

Nikkei has done it again. Following its big Apple revelations earlier this week, the world’s largest financial newspaper has followed up with something even bigger… literally.<p>In a new report Nikkei says next year Apple will release its biggest iPhone yet with a monster 6.1-inch display and it is …

OLEDs

Cheat sheet: Two-factor authentication

A password alone will not protect sensitive information from hackers--two-factor authentication is also necessary. Here's what security pros and …

ZTE's chunky new device looks out of place in 2017, but it's the most intriguing phone of the year

In a year of great smartphones, ZTE's new Axon M would seem to stand out, but not in a good way.<p>Rival devices such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, the OnePlus 5T, and Apple's iPhone X are beautiful and sleek, have powerful processors, are made with premium materials, and include advanced features and …

U.S. Carriers Move To Ban Smart Luggage

Major U.S. carriers are moving to ban smart luggage from all aircraft. On Friday, American Airlines announced that “as part of safety management and risk mitigation,” the carrier would ban any bag with an integrated lithium ion battery starting on January 15th. Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines …

Airlines

The reason you always plug in USBs the wrong way, revealed

Trying to plug in a USB cord is kind of a nightmare. One of USB's creators has explained why.<p>The USB paradox is one of the most familiar experiences of the digital age. Every time you try to plug in a USB cord, it seems like you always get it wrong on the first try. It doesn't matter how much …

James Martin

Best Wi-Fi speakers under $200: Sonos, Chromecast, Bose and more

Whether it's a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa onboard or a model with Chromecast multi-room, these are our favorites under $200. And no, Amazon Echo and Google Home didn't make the cut.<p>Just like sound bars, the sweet spot for Wi-Fi speakers are at the budget end. In this case, it's under …

Audiophile

The Beginner's Guide To VPNs

Today we're arming you with everything you need to know to understand and use virtual private networks.<p>Photo Illustration by Elena …

The Avoidable Mistakes Executives Continue to Make After a Data Breach

The past few years have taught us that companies <i>will</i> be breached and consumer data <i>will</i> be stolen. Last year was a record year for data breaches, and 2017, so far, has seen its fair share of high-profile cyberattacks. Still, top executives continue to stumble in the way they respond to an attack, …